Alaska Beach Riding

Both Kid and I have just returned from Alaska where we spent time riding, hiking, touring, eating and exploring. Each of us are processing our thoughts about our recent fatbike beach ride on the Alaskan Kenai peninsula. This post is rather short and incomplete given the fact that we have just returned. But in short, the trip was amazing and it really opened up my eyes as to what is possible with a capable bicycle. We both rode prototype Salsa Mukluks which will be reviewed in detail in the coming days. We'll be back with more details on bikes, gear, people, the ride, etc. Look for more in the coming days. Until then, here are a few pics to get you thinking about planning your own Mukluk beach tour.

Two giant rocks framed by two Alaska volcanoes. Look for the water marks on those rocks. Yes, the high tide is roughly 10-15 feet above my Mukluk Ti prototype.

Kid riding the rocks as the tide comes in and goes up. Beach touring requires careful planning around the tide.

Seagulls were everywhere. Here Kurt explores the beach as the seagulls circle around him.

Our beach camp. It was super fun seeing this rolling beach tent village get set up.

Enjoying an Alaskan amber as the sun sets. Nice pants Kurt!

This poor little crab didn't make it and yes, that is Mukluk Ti in the background. Our website will be updated in 2 weeks with full details of that bike.

Kurt and Kid going out ahead. Making good time on the firm sand & rock found at low tide.

Our afternoon ciesta on day two. Here is our group waiting out the tide so we can cross a river without too much trouble. I gotta say, it was nice to have a nap each day while waiting out the tide.

The group presses on after crossing the river. It was an incredible experience to see this many fatbikes moving along the beach.

Our last day riding towards Homer, AK provided the most fun with rocks. Here Kid takes the low line befoe the tides pushed us up high into the boulders.

We finally reached Homer and celebrated with a nice afternoon lunch at 2 Sisters. Our 3 days on the beach were filled with such rich experiences and amazing landscapes. Something tells me this won't be our last Mukluk beach tour. We already are dreaming and scheming of ways to go back. 

There is so much to share and we did a lot more than just this 3 day beach ride. Look for more from us on our Alaskan adventures in the coming days.

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Jason Boucher

Jason Boucher

Growing up as a Minnesota farm boy, I developed an appreciation and love for land and open space. This appreciation has fostered two passions, cycling and photography. Both of these passions provide freedom, encourage me to explore and foster creativity. More importantly though, my journey with a bike and a camera reminds me that the world is big and I am small.


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Fonk | August 18th, 2011

Totally jealous!!

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Jez Hastings | August 18th, 2011

Excellent guys - nice to see images and glad you had
a great time. Good memories of XEcosse at the
beginning of this fantastic journey of The Path.


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cmherron | August 18th, 2011

Is it wrong that I want to be like Kurt?  If only I had the time to ride the Tour Divide, take an amazing Mukluk trip in Alaska, and do all the other fun stuff that the Salsa crew does!
Totally awesome, keep the inspirational stuff coming!
See you guys in a couple weeks at the Dakota Five-O!!!
Chris, Fort Collins

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Mike | August 18th, 2011

I love the first photo with the big rocks.  I like rocks.  Can’t wait to someday own a fat bike and take a ride in a place like that.

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Forgivenick | August 18th, 2011

Does bikepacking get any better than riding a Ti Mukluk in AK?!

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Guitar Ted | August 18th, 2011

This inspired me to commute on my Mukluk to work and take the long way home today. Not as scenic as AK, but it was a blast.

Thanks for helping fuel the dreams.

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Pat Irwin | August 18th, 2011

Gnat & Kid,

Kathy and I had such a fun time with you guys on the beach ride and after at our house. It was a pleasure getting to know everyone and we sure hope to see you again for the FatBike Beach Festival we’re currently planning with Bjorn and Kim and the Homer Cycling Club. I’ll keep you posted…

I wanna be like Kurt, too.


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Zac | August 19th, 2011

Seeing this, and riding the Ti mukluk on the Point Woronzof beach on tuesday night has inspired me and a buddy to start planning a trip form northern Washington To lower California Riding the on the beach sometime next winter.

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kurt | August 19th, 2011

Ha, if you all were like Kurt, you’d now be facing a frighteningly fast-approaching deadline to finish your dissertation after spending the entire summer pedaling. There are always trade-offs, and I have a sneaking suspicion that I’m not going to be seeing too much time on the bike over the next few months. Hopefully I’m wrong, though.

Pat, thanks for the great ride and the warm hospitality. When might this Fatbike Festival be? That’d be a nice excuse to return to AK, fatbike in tow.

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rose | August 19th, 2011

Awesome! I’m looking forward to hearing more. In June I rode my Mukluk on the beach just north of where you started and plan to ride Clam Gulch to Homer in September. Definitely checking my tide table.

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Pat Irwin | August 20th, 2011


We’d like to have a quick mini beachbike festival next month before the snow flies just to have a shakedown for the bigger festival next summer. I’ll keep you posted.

Of course we could have it in winter, too, but there’s very little light and the storm surges get pretty crazy on the beach, but you never know…


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cmherron | August 20th, 2011

Kurt - Good luck with the dissertation!  I was trying to finish my thesis while maintaining my training and taking care of our newborn while my wife was starting nursing school.  I ended up giving myself hives from the stress of it all…  My rides ended up being less like training and more for pure fun, because I needed the release.
Good luck, take care, and great ride on the Divide this year!

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coastkid | August 20th, 2011

That looked a great trip!,

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Jeremy | August 21st, 2011

Looks like that prototype Ti Mukluk has swinging dropouts….. hmm, I wonder what the spacing is…. not that I can afford it anyway (mech engineering student)

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Poco Flaco | August 22nd, 2011

Love the fatpacking stories!!  More please!

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Pat Irwin | August 23rd, 2011

I’ll answer your question since I have the chance. Spacing is 170 in the rear, it has Salsa’s 170 hub, and is SS-able if you choose with the Alternator drop-outs. Very cool prototype and the Salsa guys can tell you if the production model will be the same. Start saving your pennies ‘cause it’ll be worth the wait.

Poco Flaco,
I like your term ‘fatpacking’. That says it all!


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Don Phillips | August 23rd, 2012


Great ridn’ boss!

Can you please suggest a hub generator that will work with the Mukluk 3 spoke alignment and can handle being under water from time-to-time?


Don Phillips

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